September 15, 2012

How To Make A Yo-Yo...

Yo-Yo Quilt

Yo-Yos make beautiful Wall Hangings, Quilts, Pillows,
Table Runners / Mats, Tote Bags, etc.
A Sewing Machine is not needed !

This project is very portable...
I place the cut out fabric pieces, spool of thread, needle and scissor in a tin and take it with me everywhere - working on Yo-Yos during sporting events, sitting in waiting rooms, etc.


Materials Needed:
  • New or repurposed cotton fabric of your choice.  (Small prints or solids work nicely.)
  • Spool of cotton covered polyester thread.  (Can match colors of fabric or use dark thread for dark fabric / light thread for light fabric.)
  • Needle
  • Scissor
  • Small plate or plastic lid from a margarine tub or plastic lid from a whipped topping container to use as a template.  (The smaller the template - the smaller in diameter the completed Yo-Yo will be.)

Step 1

Step 1 - Using a plate or a plastic lid as a template - Position the template on the wrong side of fabric and with a pen, trace around plastic template.
Cut out circle from fabric.

Step 2

Step 2 - With wrong side of fabric facing you - use fingers to fold fabric edge in approximately 1/4 inch or slightly less.
Sew a loose running stitch as you fold raw edge under.  (Thru both layers.)

Step 3

Step 3 - When you have sewn around edge - Pull thread snugly to gather top closed. Once top is cinched closed, knot securely.

(I will usually tie two or three knots, after cinching center closed.  I have come across many antique Yo-Yo quilts and often will find the "centers" have come undone with time.)

Step 4

Step 4 - Smooth with fingers to form a round Yo-Yo.

Step 5

Step 5 - Place 2 Yo-Yos right sides together.  Whip stitch the two sides together - just on edge, approximately 1/2 inch.  Gathered opening of Yo-Yo is the front.

 Step 6

Step 6 - Repeat to connect Yo-Yos to achieve desired size.

This is a great way to use scraps of fabric, new fabric or repurposed fabric !


  1. I love yo-yo's. Your collection looks great. :)
    Saw your link on Sew Many Ways.

  2. Thanks so much Pam for your comment !
    Those Yo-Yos have such appeal...
    they are so simple, but are very beautiful. ;)

  3. I just love Yo-yo's and have dreams of making a wall hanging or even a bed cover or a table cloth.....thanks so much for the inspiration and great to "meet" you on Craft Schooling Sunday! Hope you'll join us again soon!

  4. Hi Sara...
    Thanks so much for stopping by.
    The simple Yo-Yo has so much appeal, who would have thought ?!

  5. Love this colorful idea for using up scraps!

    Thanks so much for linking up at I Gotta Create!
    <3 Christina